To the extent that elitist book reviewers give it any oxygen whatsoever, the new book of essays by Bret Easton Ellis will receive some of the worst critiques in the history of modern letters. No surprise, given that “White” is an all-out assault on American political correctness, the “demented narcissism” of the left, and the “childlike fascism” of today’s millennials who can’t cope with life unless they are embedded in safe spaces and surrounded by a like-minded echo chamber. That’s not the kind of cultural criticism that the New York Times takes kindly to.
Ellis is going to get slaughtered.
But we get the feeling he doesn’t much care what the critics have to say anymore, if he ever did. The “American Psycho” author has made a name for himself publishing novels that don’t just push the envelope of good taste but obliterate it altogether. We’re guessing, judging by his comments in recent years and his presence on Twitter, he’s beyond caring about what the mainstream left thinks about his opinions. You have to assume that goes double for the social media mob, which gets the double-barrel treatment in his new book.
Indeed, Ellis labels these weak-armed keyboard warriors “Generation Wuss,” characterized by “oversensitivity, their sense of entitlement, their insistence they were always right despite sometimes overwhelming proof to the contrary, their joint tendencies of overreaction and passive-aggressive possibility.”
Ellis writes that these overgrown children, ruined by “overprotective helicopter moms,” have enveloped themselves in “victim narratives” to let the world know that, whatever their failures in life, it’s not their fault.
“This is an age that judges everybody so harshly through the lens of identity politics that if you resist the threatening groupthink of ‘progressive ideology,’ which proposes universal inclusivity except for those who dare to ask any questions, you’re somehow fucked,” Ellis writes. “Everyone has to be the same, and have the same reactions to any given work of art, or movement or idea, and if you refuse to join the chorus of approval you will be tagged a racist or a misogynist.”
Yeah, that kind of truth is a little too hot for the New York media to handle right now. But it might be just the ticket for people who, while they may or may not identify themselves as die-hard Trump supporters, are sick to death of this crybaby atmosphere that has permeated the left-wing landscape. We can only hope the backlash grows.